Monday, March 8, 2010

More on the UAW at NUMMI: Police called on fed-up members (again)

After Government Motors (the auto company formerly known as) General Motors, abandoned its 50% partnership with Toyota at the NUMMI plant in California last year and Toyota's subsequent decision to close the NUMMI plant, the Union of Ailing Workplaces United Auto Workers has gone into overdrive in an attempt to shift the blame for the plant closure from GM and its Obama-administration bailout structured bankruptcy to Toyota.

In January, after months of unanswered questions from their UAW leadership, a union meeting for the NUMMI membership erupted with one of the UAW bosses telling members to "shut the f**k up" as members felt that the UAW is hiding something.

Then, when Toyota's safety issues resulted in a recall worldwide recall, UAW-backed politicians put Toyota execs through the standard (are-the-TV-cameras-rolling?) Congressional grilling.  This is despite the apparent conflict of interest of Washington's ownership of GM, and despite the fact that GM has also had numerous recalls, including for faulty airbag deployment, fire hazards, malfunctioning door handles, and Corvette roofs that could fly off while driving. [Just a partial list here.]

Then, of course, there is GMs' current recall of 1.3 million cars, as well as two even quieter (albeit smaller) recalls on some of the new 2010 Camaros and Cadillacs.

The UAW's hypocrisy in targeting Toyota for its decision to close the NUMMI plant after Government Motors GM (of which the UAW is now a partial owner) made the decision to bail out on its workers [pun intended] and on top of the 14 other UAW/GM plant closings announced last year has not gone unnoticed by the NUMMI workers.

In this latest video, NUMMI workers are again trying to get answers to their questions from their UAW leadership who, apparently, will no longer let its members video tape meetings.


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